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The Henschke family has been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard on his diverse farming property at Keyneton in 1862. He was one of many Silesians who had fled their homeland in search of religious freedom, and he arrived from Kutschlau in 1841. The wine was initially intended for consumption by family and friends, but with the first commercial release in 1868, believed to be principally riesling and shiraz, the wheels were set in motion for greater things to come.

Named as a tribute to the early Barossa Lutheran pioneers, many of whom carried the first name of Johann. Their toil, perseverance and conservatism in hardship has meant that the many generations that followed rejoiced in the riches of their prudent efforts. Barossa growers traditionally referred to their vineyard as their garden, from the German Weingarten. This blend is just one of those blessings. The traditions and culture have survived to this day, including the winemaking techniques used in this grenache blend. It is produced from low-yielding, old, gnarled, dry-grown bush and trellised vines on limestone soils from selected vineyards.

Vibrant deep crimson with garnet hues. Lifted, fragrant aromas of fresh raspberries, dark plums and cranberries are complemented beautifully by savoury nuances of anise, cumin seeds, cracked black pepper, nutmeg, mace and dried herbs. The palate is pure, dense and concentrated with ripe raspberry and plum flavours balanced by rustic hints of turned earth, musk stick and black pepper; complex layers of texture and fine-grained velvety tannins.


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